OS in External HDD

By kishorereddy.l ·

I have Dell xps M1330 laptop which only supports Windows vista Ultimate. I want to install some application softwares which are not supported by Windows vista Ultimate,So i bought exteranal HDD of Seagate and I want to make to install WindowsXP on it and use it.Please suggest me a way.
Thanks in Advance.

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Virtual or Compatibility Mode

by TheChas In reply to OS in External HDD

If your laptop does not support XP with drivers, you are not going to be able to run XP from an external drive either.

Your only options to run older software are to try setting up the software to run in compatibility mode. Or, install virtual software and run XP in virtual mode.

Of course, another option is to buy an older used laptop and use it for the older software. Or, buy an upgraded version of the software you need.


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Well I suppose if it's not important enough to have everything working

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to OS in External HDD

You could set the Boot Order in BIOS to Optical Drive, USB and finally HDD and install XP to the External HDD. But as The Chas has already said not everything is going to work if anything at all will.

Your problem here is that you have a Domestic Computer and you need a Business Class Computer as they have support for XP still.

If you have sufficient room on the HDD you could install XP Virtually on the Vista OS with M$ Virtual PC which you can download from here

That is probably your best bet but its not a great idea. Even worse is using an External HDD for full time use as these drives run much hotter than they would in a Computer and are far more subject to damage from Heat and Vibration so plan on having a very short life if you plan on using this external Drive full time.

Do not expect it to last and you will need to perform regular Data Backup's to minimize the risk of Data Loss from a Failed HDD. Even if you where to modify the External Case with a Massive Heat Sink and Fans to provide Active Cooling the drive will still be subject to Vibrational Damage from people bumping the desk that it is on or the drive physically getting droped while it is running.


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